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Our Mission

A Hawaiʻi nonprofit corporation, The Volcano Project intends to create and operate a self-sustaining, world-class Culinary & Hospitality Educational Facility - The C.H.E.F. Institute - dedicated to excellence in culinary and hospitality education and job creation for veterans, wounded warriors and youth-at-risk. Rehabilitation, Reeducation and Reintegration, TVP's 3 "Rs", integrated into C.H.E.F.'s curricula, and applied in a structured environment through meaningful, expert training in culinary arts, hospitality and Hawaiian culture, ensures veterans and youth-at-risk, teamed for mutual support, success in civilian life, while enhancing visitor experience with Hawaiian spirit of Aloha.

How You Can Help!

To make the Volcano Project's C.H.E.F. Institute a reality, we need your help!  If you would like to support this world-class job creation and training center, click here, or call us in Volcano, Hawai'i at 808-315-7119.

Update - November 1, 2012

TVP is in transition and so is our website! We are publishing new information as fast as we can. Currently, we are finalizing our business plan for our exciting project, the Culinary & Hospitality Educational Facility - C.H.E.F. and are fast approaching the exciting announcement of our new location. Please stay tuned!

Mahalo nui loa for your continuing support!!!

Introduction to Volcano

By David Miranda © 2009

Welcome to Volcano and Volcano National Park. This wonder of creation has called at me from my childhood and it is now my home. Perhaps it has always been my home. So let me share with you how this came to be.

I was a child of six when my parents brought my sisters and brother’s and me to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Dad wanted us to see the family homestead in O’okala and to meet aunts and uncles who were getting on in years; family that my dad knew and spent time with when he was growing up. Some of them were cowboys at Kukaiau Ranch and others had farms of their own or were employed in other occupations as diverse as engineer or Captain of the Kulani prison guard. All of them were commited residents of this Big Island.

And we came to see the volcano. It was an old friend to many of my relatives. They called this place by it’s name; Kīlauea. And Halemaʻumaʻu; that great opening in the earth, was more than a crater; it was home to Pele; a force of creation that was always respected.  And the great mountain that rose over this place was called by its name; Mauna Loa. I had a hard time figuring out which of the places was THE volcano; at least, at first. These places and their forest and landscape were already home to family members for many decades and through intermarriage with the true people of this land; it felt as if my roots went back to an ancient time that I could only touch by going to and looking for myself. Yes; the rock walls, the deep valleys and sacred places spoke to me as we traveled this island where relationships were deep and only spoken of when the moment was right. We learned respect by feeling it.

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